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1. Central Standard 1400 High Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Central Standard is a casual, beer-backed spot in the Design District of Dallas. Look for more unique items like the BBQ pork wings, or keep it more traditional with the baby back ribs, and wash it all down with a local Texan brew.

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2. CBD Provisions 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Downtown)

This handsome Downtown modern Texas brasserie, adjacent to The Joule Hotel, is dressed completely in wood, exposed brick, marble, and vintage lighting, with an attractive menu to match. Treat yourself to the family-style Wagyu Rib Steak or the Pig Head Carnitas, and pair it with something from their unique cocktail menu.

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3. LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen) 3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112, Dallas, TX 75212 (Trinity Groves)

The Local Urban Craft Kitchen -- another member of the Trinity Groves glutton -- is a smoked meat & gourmet sandwich-type place that's centered on a beer selection that's purely Texas, mostly DFW, and used as an ingredient. So if you don't like beer, you're out of… nevermind.

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4. Tanoshii Ramen 2724 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Tanoshii Ramen is Dallas's first ramen restaurant, sporting old Japanese favorites like tonkotsu and seafood-based broths as well as unexpected dishes like bone marrow. Arigato, indeed!

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5. Work Bar & Grill 2618 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

A "five-star dive bar" with burgers & smoked meats, plus waitresses dressed up like sexy secretaries.

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6. Monkey King Noodle Company 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

From a dude who savored on the streets of Taipei and northern China, plus trained with a noodle master in NYC, all before getting his noodle restaurant on, MKNC promises both legit ass noodles, but also a show: the guy pulls noods in the kitchen window, rolling, kneading, slapping, and stretching wheat-and-water dough into those guys you're about to slurp up.

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7. Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar 2626 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

The mastermind behind Del Frisco's and Bubble Bar, Dee Lincoln, has done it again with this must-eat meat eater's paradise. If you're looking for a fresh burger idea, try The Benedict, covered in tomato bacon jam, Bearnaise, and a sunny-side-up egg

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8. Belly & Trumpet 3407 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Fortunately not a venue featuring jazz explorations courtesy of Louie Anderson, Belly & Trumpet's actually the latest venture from the Oak folks in the former Bowery spot, where they're dropping the "hot dogs" from the old "gourmet hot dogs" angle, instead serving classy, non-encased cuisine in a cozy 50-seater decked out with pink walls and ornate chandeliers, with a 15ft bar nestled in the corner.

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9. Battuto 18101 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 (Far North Dallas)

From a couple who hosted a morning radio show in Dallas for the last eight years, Battuto is a casual Italian joint erected in the former Preston & Frankford home of Bill Bates Cowboy Grill and Grover's -- a beloved bar that clearly couldn't Ernie enough money.

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10. Taverna Rossa 4005 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

Taverna Rossa is a Plano beer hall/pizza joint with some seriously inventive pies and live music.

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11. Truck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

A great beer selection, cheesesteak galore and ice cream trucks? To round out this myriad of awesomeness, let us not forget that there's also a freakin' treehouse bar in the place. Seriously, combine all of the above to make this the coolest backyard establishment in all of Dallas, if not the world.

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12. The LOT 7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214 (East Dallas)

Not just where you go to talk about hot lifeguards and the fact that Rodriguez is totally gonna play for the Dodgers some day, The LOT's also an adult playground-cum-bar-cum-restaurant in East Dallas.

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13. Mot Hai Ba 6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lakewood)

Mot Hai Ba is a new Vietnamese foodery from the Good 2 Go taco team, and features bowls of pork belly, frog legs, and more authentic South Asian eats.

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14. Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern 202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Founded as a rebuttal to fancypants pizza places like Il Cane Rosso, Zoli's serves up authentic NY-style slices in a no-frills storefront with a butt-kickin' back patio.

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15. Waters 2901 Crockett St, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Fort Worth)

Waters is a seafood temple serving up wood-grilled oysters, lump crab, and other aquatic delicacies in the old Bailey's Prime Plus space.

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16. Four Corners Brewing Company 423 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212 (Trinity Groves)

Four Corners hosts regular Saturday tours, so head on down to sip brews like Local Buzz (a honey-rye golden ale) or La Bajada (a brown ale).

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17. The Cedars Social 1326 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215 (Downtown)

Downtown's Cedars Social is primarily a cocktail lounge but also has a full kitchen preparing gourmet brunches and dinners to pair with its well-crafted drinks. On the menu are upscale iterations on traditional Southern fare (think parmesan infused shrimp and grits for brunch and farro crusted lamb chops for dinner). Cocktail-wise, expect fresh and house-made ingredients and an expansive menu that evolves with the seasons

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18. Ascension Coffee 1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Ste A, Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

If you have a serious obsession with coffee, you'll find kindred spirits at Ascension Coffee. The stylish coffeehouse in the Design District sources its high quality beans from around the world and roasts them in house for top-notch lattes, espresso and cold brew. But as Ascension's house's credo helpfully points out, "one cannot live on coffee alone," so be sure to peruse the well-curated menu of small plates and hot entrees. When’s the last time you went to a coffee shop and ordered lamb meatballs? Or Wagyu steak and a glass of Cava?

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19. FT33 1617 Hi Line Dr , Dallas, TX 75207 (Design District)

Offering seasonal-inspired modern cuisine, this 80-seater is aesthetically pleasing in more ways than one, from the sculptures and decor that adorn the interior to the scrupulous preparation of each individual plate.

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20. Stampede 66 1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75202 (Uptown)

This Uptown spot of like the classier brother of your favorite southern steakhouse franchise, and it's so Texas it hurts (in the good way). Hanging longhorns, cowhide seating, highway signs, and sculptures from well-know artists in the state are merely a backdrop for food that's equally Texan. Southwestern staples and American takes on Mexican fare like chicken tamales, tacos topped with beef brisket and fried oysters, and (of course) top-notch bbq offer up a new experience that manages to maintain that familial feeling one can only get in Texas.

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21. The Standard Pour 2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

This place is anything but standard, serving an outstanding variety of liquors, cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as delightful food options like their thyme and garlic chicken, lamb ravioli, and lobster nachos.

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22. Tate's 2723 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

When was the last time your drink was made with fresh squeezed juices? If you're a Tate's regular, it was 10 seconds before you generously tipped your 'tender. This place believes in superb cocktails and will never disappoint in their variety or quality of the booze they pour.

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23. Katy Trail Ice House 3127 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201 (Uptown)

This beer garden/restaurant hybrid has one of the largest patios in Dallas and boasts 50 brews on tap, ranging from simple domestics to international imports, all poured behind a 50ft bar that features a number of flatscreens, making it a perfect game-day spot. Make sure to stop by for brunch for $6 mimosas from 11am to 3pm.

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24. Spoon Bar & Kitchen 8220 Westchester Dr, Ste B, Dallas, TX 75225 (University Park)

Owned by acclaimed executive chef John Tesar, Spoon Bar & Kitchen is an upscale adventure into seafood, whether you're the raw bar type or are more interested in a more thorough tasting menu experience.

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25. TJ's Seafood Market 4212 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

This joint offers up a number of services ranging from a sit-n-eat seafood spot to a fresh fish market to a competent and complete caterer. Stay for a meal of fresh-from-the-ocean fare or purchase your raw ingredients to take home and cook up yourself. And if you're new to the latter, TJ's has advice and recipes on their website to do it right.

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26. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 6030 Luther Ln , Dallas, TX 75225 (University Park)

The process is simple. Walk through the door and step into line. Order a drink at the line-side bar. Order one of their delicious burgers of the simple or complex variety. Grab a ticket telling you what table you're at. Get your food and sit down. Eat. Repeat.

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27. East Hampton Sandwich Co. 6912 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205 (University Park)

East Hampton Sandwich Co. has found a way to provide quality, hand-crafted food with the speed and efficiency of fast-food. The Dallas spot serves gourmet sandwiches, many of which are centered around the standout Southern fried chicken. An East Coast sensibility is seen in chowder and whoopie pies, plus sandwiches with appropriate fillings like crabcakes and lobster (the lobster grilled cheese with havarti and American cheese is probably the best grilled cheese you'll ever have). Every order comes with a pile of house-baked potato chips, but the menu offers a battery of sides as well. Don't sleep on the sweet potato fries.

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28. Maple & Motor Burgers & Beer 4810 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 (Oak Lawn)

Known for celebrating “low class cool,” Maple and Motor distills American comfort cuisine into a ten-item food menu comprised of burgers and sandwiches built upon foundations of bologna, brisket, and bacon. The burger is the menu’s gem; it’s a half-pound of ground beef flat grilled in its own juices, dressed in traditional Texas fashion with mustard, lettuce, red onion, and a dill pickle. Add a side of beer-battered onion rings and a brew, and you’re set. The space is bare bones-cool, with a few black leather booths and photographs in simple black frames lining the walls. The Maple and Motor team doesn’t pretend to be anything other than red meat-loving Americans and we dig it.

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29. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill 19009 Preston Rd , Dallas, TX 75252 (Far North Dallas)

If you're a fan of burgers, pizza, paninis, beer, or rhyming, you'll definitely come back to Jack Mac's.

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30. Pera Turkish Kitchen 17479 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 (Far North Dallas)

If you're never going to fly to Turkey and recreate your favorite Liam Neeson scenes from Taken 2, the next best option is to eat at Pera and pretend you're just as badass by taking down fresh lamb instead of Albanian human traffickers and then leaving a big tip.

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31. Coffee House Cafe 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 (Far North Dallas)

More than just a cafe, this coffeehouse/restaurant/caterer provides an extensive menu of health-conscious plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to a full-service espresso bar and other energizing libations. A spacious outdoor patio and regularly scheduled live music, speaking series, and happy hours are added bonuses of this local favorite. The convenient drive thru window for breakfast items and coffee is an additional plus if you're on the go and craving joe.

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32. Lazaranda 5000 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254 (Addison)

This open-kitchen 100-seater boasts a Talavera-lined, L-shaped granite bar whose garage door allows both inside & patio seating, slatted spherical wooden chandeliers, Frida reproductions touting Latin cuisine, and a 10ft Pisces sculpture made almost entirely out of zarandas -- a tool for grilling fish.

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33. Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse 5760 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024 (Plano)

Kenny's has perfected the art of smoking meat and they also feature some fine seafood if you're allergic to BBQ (which is the only legit reason not to eat it). And if cocktails are your thing, they offer a fine selection that's on par with the quality of the grub.

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34. 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House 4226 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034 (Frisco)

When the guy doing the cooking is known as "The Rib Whisperer," you can pretty much assume the BBQ is gonna be good. Add in the fact they have a collection of 31 beer taps and there are no reasons left not to visit 3 Stacks.

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35. Peak & Elm 132 N Peak St, Dallas, TX 75226 (East Dallas)

Peak & Elm serves up a selection of contemporary Mexican dishes, evoking a sense of community and family with every bite. Come by on Friday for free margaritas!

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36. DaLat 2537 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

DaLat is a Vietnamese-American fusion restaurant that specializes in comfort food and stays open late so you can get your Pho fix until 2am. At this simple, chic diner-esque joint, you will find traditional dishes like beef and cabbage Pho and slow-cooked pork Ramen. But they also offer strangely satisfying options like Dorito-viche (ceviche on nacho cheese Doritos), meatball shooters (yes, drinkable shots of meat), Vietnamese Burger (pork burger Bahn Mi style) and Pho pizza. They also offer a list of Vietnamese inspired cocktails like the Vietnamese Iced Coffee (similar to a White Russian) to give you that liquid courage for Karaoke nights every Tuesday and Thursday.

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37. Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen 1623 N Hall St, Dallas, TX 75206 (East Dallas)

This restaurant is run by a mother-daughter team who lend the family kitchen atmosphere of the establishment a sense of authenticity. The menu of home-cooked dishes includes such items as Pork Sirloin, Duck Confit, Grilled Flap Steak and Chicken Milanesa Fritatta.

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38. Stackhouse Burgers 2917 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 (East Dallas)

At Stackhouse, choose between one or two patties and a wide selection of toppings, ranging from pickled jalapeños to good ol' cheese. The menu also includes a number of sandwiches, salads, sides, and dessert items, in case the bold burgers don't do the trick.

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39. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House 1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (East Dallas)

They say that a good friend is hard to find. But in this case, you just need a GPS or a fairly decent sense of smell. This beer garden and burger joint is everything its name says and more because who says you can't put a buddy between buns and devour him?

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40. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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41. Driftwood 642 W. Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

This restaurant was designed by the same firm that created the interior of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, and it has an ever-changing menu of seafood dishes crafted by Chef Omar Flores. There's also a diverse array of wines and specialty cocktails available, with excellent pairing options for each item on the menu.

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42. Bolsa 614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Located in the historic Settles Garage, Bolsa offers up a menu of American cuisine for brunch and dinner. The longstanding spot scores with creative cocktails you can't get anywhere else, like the The Shepherd with Mount Gay Extra Old, arugula, goats milk yogurt syrup, and lime. A covered outdoor patio with heat lamps makes it a solid spot to camp out even when the weather gets a bit nippy.

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43. Ten Bells Tavern 232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

A small, casual space with dark wood accents, low-key lighting, and the walls covered with eclectic framed images, Ten Bells has all the charm of a traditional English pub with all the southern goodness of a comfort food-centric menu. The locals favor Ten Bells for their hearty brunch menu, but honestly those short rib cheese fries taste exceptional at any meal—especially late night. Try the Duck Confit Hash or the Smoked Salmon Benedict, but don’t worry they have your traditional country breakfast options like sausage and eggs. They keep you guessing with an ever-changing list of craft cocktails, and host pub trivia on Wednesdays.

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44. Smoke 901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Smoke, as you might have guessed, is a restaurant that takes its barbecue very seriously. Locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes are part of what has won Smoke the various awards it's garnered in the past, so why not stop by and see for yourself?

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45. FnG Eats 201 Town Center Blvd, Ste 1101, Keller, TX 76248

FnG Eats serves up what one might call "classy comfort food", crafted using ingredients locally-sourced from the Keller Farmers Market. Extensive wine selections and a specialty cocktail menu ensure that you've got options, should you want to spice up your meal with a bit of booze. Be sure to stop by for brunch and indulge in Southern favorites: deviled eggs, bourbon French toast, and the fish and chips are stand outs.

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46. Rodeo Goat 2836 Bledsoe St, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Fort Worth)

This full-service restaurant and bar offers a wide selection of hand-ground burgers, as well as an expansive selection of beers in bottle, can and draft form. There's also a fine selection of cocktails and wines available, as well as an assortment of whiskey, bourbon and scotch.

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47. Woodshed Smokehouse 3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Fort Worth)

Not an actual wood shed, but actually a modern 14,000 square-foot smokehouse, this spot serves up dry rubbed and house-smoked barbecued meats. Handmade tortillas are whipped up every day for the assortment of tacos available on the menu. There's also a rotating selection of 25 craft beers on tap to choose from alongside a handful of Texan wines. Just along the bank of the Trinity River, Woodshed Smokehouse's cool atmosphere and stunning view make it a prime and frequent location for big events

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